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Cycling Tour In Southern Laos

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Cycling trip on Southern Laos, including the world heritage site of Wat Phou, the Xe Pian Protected area, the natural wetlands of Si Pan Don, and cycle uphill up the Bolaven Plateau stopping at Tea . .
Country: Laos
City: Southern Laos
Duration: 8 Day(s) - 7 Night(s)
Tour Category: Bicycle Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
Package Itinerary

Cycling trip on Southern Laos, including the world heritage site of Wat Phou, the Xe Pian Protected area, the natural wetlands of Si Pan Don, and cycle uphill up the Bolaven Plateau stopping at Tea and Coffee Plantations, Waterfalls and enjoy the cool climate of the Bolaven Plateau

Day 1: Arrive at Pakse – Hotel

On arrival at Pakse airport, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel, after checking into your hotel you will have some free time. At 4 pm you will have a bike fitting and short practice ride around town for about 6km before your dinner and tour briefing.

Accommodation: Athena Hotel (Standard Room)

Day 2: Pakse – Champasak – Wat Phou

On arriving at Pakse airport or Thai-Laos border we do a short transfer to starting point cycling out of the town on a flat tarmac road, passing through the former colonial town of Champasak which stretches along the Mekong River, on arriving at Champasak we break for our lunch at the local restaurant overlooking the Mekong River. After lunch continues to ride 12 km to Wat Phou.

This Natural Heritage Site was built in the 6th century by the Khmers and was originally used to worship the Hindu god Shiva and other deities before being converted into a Buddhist temple in later centuries. Wat Phou was considered the center of the Khmer kingdom until it was moved to Angkor Wat in the 12th century. Return to Champasak where we spend overnight. Ride 54 Km

Accommodation: The River Resort (Riverfront Room)

Day 3: Champasak – Don Deng – Ban Kiat Ngong – Don Khong

We start the day with a short cycle to catch a ferry to Don Daeng Island and we'll go for a short ride around the island. Then we take a ferry ride to the other side of the river and ride to the village of Ban Niet Ngong. Once we reach the village we can opt to ride or walk up to see Phu Asa, a curious site of stone towers. We have lunch here and then ride back down to the main junction before we load up the vans for a transfer to Ban Hat.

Here we cross back over to the Mekong to one of the biggest of the islands in this mighty river, Don Khong. Arriving in the late afternoon will give you time to walk along the river and watch as the locals make full use of the river

(Transfer 90 km & Ride 45 km)

Accommodation: Pon Arena Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 4: Don Khong – Don Some – Don Det – Don Khone

Today we island hop! We’ll have an early start and ride around Don Khong and along the banks of the river to the ferry, stopping along the way to see locals making palm sugar. When we reach the ferry it's only 200m to the island of Don Som, one of the longest islands in the Mekong that stretches about 12 km to where it meets the tip of Don Det.

It's another quick ferry ride to Don Det and we cycle along a dirt path to the old French Railway Bridge and cross over to Don Khone where we'll ride straight to boats for a leisurely cruise in search of the nearly extinct Irrawaddy dolphins. We then ride the 4 km to our riverside hotel. A varied ride over four islands on narrow dirt tracks means there’ll be no vehicle support, but we will still stop for water and snack breaks. Ride 45 km

Accommodation: Seng Ahloune Resort (Deluxe River View)

Day 5: Don Khone – Bolaven Plateau – Thateng

After breakfast, we ride the short distance to the ferry to cross the Mekong River. It's a short 12 km ride to Khan Phapeng waterfalls. This natural phenomenon splits the Mekong and is referred to as above and below the falls. After you've taken your photos we'll transfer for about 2 hours to begin our journey into the coffee-growing area of Laos: the Bolaven Plateau.

We stop for lunch at Tad Fane waterfall. Then it's on the bikes to cycle to our coffee resort for an overnight. We start with a gentle uphill of 10 km to the town of Paksong. Then the road evens out before we roll down to the resort (Transfer 168 km & Ride 40 km)

Accommodation: Sinouk Coffee Resort (Superior Room)

Day 6: Thateng – Tad Lo

We’ll ride on to Tha Teng on a quiet road, passing villages and lots of cheering children. After lunch, we’ll hit a very quiet road, watch out here for piglets crossing, and stop at Katou ethnic village to see how they roast coffee and why there are empty coffins under the houses.

Then it’s an easy downhill and from the junction, it’s only 5 km to Tad Lo waterfalls and our riverside overnight. The afternoon is free to take a dip in the waterfalls before we have an alfresco dining experience overlooking the falls to round off a great day. Ride 35 km

Accommodation: Tad Lo Lodge (Standard Room)

Day 7: Tad Lo – Tad Phasuam – Pakse

As we leave the Bolaven Plateau behind we ride on an undulating road that has a few surprises – some lengthy but gradual climbs, one is 5 km, another 14km. We’ll ride 52 km to Tad Pha Suam where we can see different styles of traditional Laotian homes and another amazing waterfall. We’ll then transfer an hour to Pakse to take in this riverside town. We'll have our farewell dinner on the roof of the Pakse Hotel. Ride 55 km

Accommodation: Athena Hotel (Standard Room)

Day 8: Pakse – Departure

After breakfast free at your leisure until transfer to Pakse airport for your flight return home

Price Includes:

Accommodation by sharing Twin / Double Room
Transport Air Con Vehicle
Entrance Fees
Boat trip/boat ticket
Flight Luang Prabang – Pakse
English Speaking Guide
Mountain bike rental
Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Snacks & water while riding

Price Excludes:

Drinks / Alcohol
Visa fees/border fees
All flights
Personal expenses
Travel insurance

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